Like joggers crossing a highway, bowlers should avoid nearby bumpers and resist the temptation to chase wayward balls into neighboring lanes. Roll carefully with today's Groupon: for $15, you get a bowling outing for up to six at Terrace Sports in Temple Terrace (up to a $52.95 total value). The bowling outing includes:
- One hour of bowling with shoe rentals for up to six people (up to a $22.20 value)
- Any one pizza (up to a $15.75 value)
- $15 worth of game tokens
At Terrace Sports, players glide balls down refinished-wood bowling lanes to create pin-spraying collisions. Groups of up to six strike out to collect strikes, razzing each other over gutter balls and, like centenarians, celebrating when they reach triple digits. During the 60-minute ball roll, mouths embrace slices of pizza, which come sprinkled with cheese, pepperoni, veggies, or a triad of meats. Players switch gaming gears by feeding Terrace Sports' arcades $15 worth of tokens and filling high-score lists with such hilarious three-letter words as "YAK" and "TIM."
Our customers loved this deal last year, earning Terrace Sports a spot on Groupon's Best of 2011 list.
Someone's little brother shrieks, mournful at being too small to play laser tag with his cousins. Another youngster wants to bowl, but can’t pick up the ball. To Terrace Sports's manager, John McMillan, these are simple problems. A crew member scurries through the laser-tag arena, holding the toy gun for the little boy who would otherwise be too small to play. Another sets up a ramp at the top of a bowling lane, helping the toddler to push the ball into the pins with a satisfying clatter.
Smiling on as his staff solves such crises, McMillan strolls through Terrace Sports, which he remodeled after taking the reins from his father. Leading the way to the laser-tag arena, skating-rink, indoor-climbing wall, bowling alley, and arcade, murals stretch down the entryway, saluting the nearby Hillsborough River with more than 85 depictions of the waterway’s inhabitants, dynamic ecosystem, and naturally occurring steamboats. The entryway leads to the snack bar, where a full menu of gator tail, buffalo burgers, and sweet-potato fries glide down countertops handcrafted from teak and embellished by solid-brass elephant heads.
Entering the laser-tag arena gives one the sensation of delving into the interior of a complex machine, with mechanical parts strung with LED lights lining the walls and generating an eerie glow. Imaginations run wild as players choose to take on roles as monarchy loyalists or rebel forces, with both sides fighting for command of the heart of the machine and firing at one another's bases. The guns, powered by unlimited ammo, unleash streams of crimson and emerald light, and fiber-optic aiming ensures pinpoint accuracy. Vests beep when another player is taking aim, giving warriors a moment to find obstacles to hide behind or nearby portraits of themselves to hide in front of. On an observation deck, cheers rise from friends and chaperones as a 32-inch monitor displays scoring and live footage from six in-arena cameras.